Christmas is coming and while the goose may be getting fat, most cyclists don’t have time to... They're training hard and preparing for a new year of fresh adventures and challenges.
So, what present should you buy for the cyclist in your life, or, indeed, what should you sneak into your own stocking this festive season? We look at the best gifts for cyclists...
Single Speed / Fixie
Every cyclist needs one more bike, and Rook Cycles, “South Africa’s Own Fixie Company”, based in Cape Town, have a variety of drool-worthy, simple bikes to suit every taste.From R5250. rookcycles.com
The Knog Oi is perfectly named. An “Oi!” to let the people of the trail know you are around.R399. Sportsmanswarehouse.co.za
No one likes socks for Christmas, right? Wrong. Cyclists love socks. Sock doping has become part of the lexicon of the sport these past few years. Sexy Socks SA are one of the many brands, and, as bonus, will for every pair sold, we give a pair of school socks to a child in need.From R69 a pair. sexysockssa.com
Always look cool off the bike as you do on it. Cycology can take care of that for you with T-shirts from R299, while Gear Up Girl has a women’s specific range from R200.cycologygear.co.zagearupgirlsa.com
Book: Relive Geraint Thomas winning the Tour de France
“The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey” is a rollicking read by a man who never gave up believing he could win the Tour one day.From R304 at ExclusiveBooks.co.za
Recycled Chain Cufflinks
Cufflinks made from chains? Everyone needs a stocking filler.From £16. wiggle.co.uk
Mark Fairhurst is a British photographer who started fooling around with illustrations on his Mac one day in 2012. He produced art deco cycling posters that were an instant hit.From £35 each. zeitgeistimages.co.uk
The full name of this pillow is "Linkwell Life Is Like Riding a Bicycle Pillow". Pretty much all you need to know.$10.99 plus R9.54 shipping. Amazon.com
Does what it says on the label. There is little more unattractive than a streak of mud on your back from your butt toyour neck. Pick up one for the front while you are at it.SKS X-Blade read mudguard 29er – R299. cwcycles.co.zaFront mudguard from R150. csixx.com
Sometimes, on a coffee ride, you need to take the coffee with you. The Ibera handlebar drink holder is the solution you have been waiting for. R520. Wantitall.co.za